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An Interview with Vijay Gupta

An Interview with Vijay Gupta

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Impact/Value, Profile, Science

Vijay Gupta is both a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a dedicated advocate for the power of music to change lives and reconnect us to our shared humanity. In 2011, he founded Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging musicians in performance and dialogue with marginalized communities of people experiencing poverty, homelessness and incarceration.  Read more

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Community Engagement: More Examples From Around North America

Community Engagement: More Examples From Around North America

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Impact/Value

In preparation for publishing a series of community engagement case studies, we asked our members to share their own experiences with community engagement. The responses we received represent choruses of many types and sizes, from all over North America. They show the many different ways choruses are leveraging the power of choral music to impact their communities. Read more

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Singing and the Brain

Singing and the Brain

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Health, Research/Data, Science, Singing

Humans have a special ability to learn songs and change them over time—a skill that is useful in treating neurological problems and may help support overall brain health. Researcher Aniruddh D. Patel explains. Read more

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The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Choral conductors share their professional responsibilities and work-life balance.

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Health, Profile

In her memoirs, Alma Mahler narrates the meticulous schedule by which her husband Gustav balanced his daily priorities in order to preserve his energy and maximize the value of every minute. In the summertime, when he composed at their lake house, he took a mandatory afternoon swim, followed by a three-hour walk, rain or shine. In the wintertime, when he conducted in Vienna, the opera house called ahead at lunchtime to ensure that his apartment door was open so he would not have to wait. His soup, hot, was expected to be already placed on the table. Read more

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Documentary Tells the Story of a Very Special Prison Choir

Documentary Tells the Story of a Very Special Prison Choir

Chorus America Staff | Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Singing

Conducting Hope tells the inspiring story of the East Hills Singers at Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas. Producer and director Margie Friedman talks about the only men’s prison choir in the country to perform outside prison walls.  Read more

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Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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Natural Vocal Care

Natural Vocal Care

Using herbs to heal a tired and overused voice

David Aaron Katz | Health, Singing

For singers with sore throats or other vocal ailments, these herbal remedies may do the trick - naturally. Read more

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5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers

5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers

Justin Montigne | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Education, General, Health, Performance, Rehearsal, Technique/Tool

Professional singer Justin Montigne has found that yoga improves "everything about his instrument." As a voice and yoga instructor, he shows others how to integrate the two practices. Here he demonstrates the five yoga poses that he finds most helpful for singers. Read more

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Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Stacy Horn | Adults/Seniors, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing, Volunteer

A singer discovers that while life can be hard, singing is heartening. And singing with other people, in particular. Excerpted from Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others by Stacy Horn. Read more

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Resources

Yoga for Singers: Introduction

Yoga for Singers: Introduction

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The ancient practice of yoga can help you establish good singing posture, become aware of your body, and use your breath effectively. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Why Yoga?

Yoga for Singers: Why Yoga?

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Instructor Justin Montigne explains how the practice of yoga or proprioceptive awareness can benefit singers. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Twists

Yoga for Singers: Twists

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Long seated rehearsal? Alleviate tiredness in the lower back with this simple twist. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Pose for Sitting and Singing

Yoga for Singers: Pose for Sitting and Singing

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Learn to find your "sitting bones" and develop a grounded posture for seated singing. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Lunge

Yoga for Singers: Lunge

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Learn how tension in the tailbone can negatively affect your singing, and how to counteract it with a lunge exercise. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Internal/External Rotation

Yoga for Singers: Internal/External Rotation

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The bones in the body can move in internal or external rotation -- learn how to recognize the difference between these two motions and develop an awareness for how they can be used to reduce tension. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: How Yoga Supports Concentration

Yoga for Singers: How Yoga Supports Concentration

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

As singers, we all need to be able to concentrate for long periods of time. Try improving yours with this mindfulness exercise. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Exploring the Chakras

Yoga for Singers: Exploring the Chakras

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Chakras are believed in Eastern traditions to be invisible energy "organs" of the body. Justin explains how singers can tap into expressive performances by becoming aware of the chakras. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Aligning with Mountain Pose

Yoga for Singers: Aligning with Mountain Pose

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Justin shows us how to find "Tadasana," or Mountain Pose—very similar to good singing posture! Read more

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Events

BOUNCE The Basketball Opera

BOUNCE The Basketball Opera

Lexington, KY

Michelle Tabnick PR | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, CA News, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Evaluation, Families, Finance, Fundraising, General, Governance, Government/Policy, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Sample/Template, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue, Volunteer

Ardea Arts announces the World Premiere of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera. Performances will take place at Calvary Baptist Church Recreation Center, 150 E. High Street, Lexington, KY, on Friday and Saturday, November 10 & 11 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, November 12at 2pm. General Admission, $18, Students $9. For more information, visit www.ardeaarts.com/bounce/. Read more

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REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

Eugene, Oregon

Diane Retallack | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

A new composition by Joan Szymko, giving voice to the challenges, courage, and loving acceptance of people and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. The first-ever original commission from Eugene Vocal Arts, made possible by the Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Read more

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REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

Eugene, Oregon

Diane Retallack | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

A new composition by Joan Szymko, giving voice to the challenges, courage, and loving acceptance of people and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. The first-ever original commission from Eugene Vocal Arts, made possible by the Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, New York

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Government/Policy, Health, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY proudly presents a concert of works by visiting composer Dan Forrest. Requiem for the Living is a lush five-movement exploration of life, love, loss, and renewal, for orchestra and choir. The work will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by Associate Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. James M. Meaders. The rest of the all-Forrest program will be conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe of USC Thornton School of Music. Read more

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Yoga for Singers Workshop with Sarah Whitten

Yoga for Singers Workshop with Sarah Whitten

1773 Beacon St., Brookline, MA

alarosamontez_s... | Health

The Greater Boston Choral Consortium presents its annual winter workshop: "Secrets to a Singer’s Best Sound: Yogic practices to unlock your vocal potential" Led by Sarah Whitten For more information, visit http://bostonsings.org. Read more

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Vocal Technique Workshop

Vocal Technique Workshop

Forest Park, IL

Oak Park Concer... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

  The Oak Park Concert Chorale, will host a Free Vocal Technique Workshop. Reservations are required.  Singers can learn the basics of Posture, Breathing, Sound Production/Phonation, Resonation and Articulation based on Emergent Voice and Bel Canto.  This workshop is a great introduction for beginners and a perfect refresher for more experienced singers.  Individual coaching will be available for those who desire it. Please bring a sandwich. Drinks/snacks/dessert will be provided. For more information or reservations visit http://www.oakparkconcertchorale.org or email info@oakparkconcertchorale.org, or call 847-420-9200.   Read more

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I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technology, Volunteer

Based on original music sung by incarcerated inmates in Holocaust concentration camps, Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps is an emotional, musical journey through one of the bleakest episodes in human history. Read more

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Under the Western Sky

Under the Western Sky

881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Research/Data, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technique/Tool

Distinguished Concerts International New York presents a family-friendly afternoon of lively music! Read more

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A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Careers, Children/Youth, Families, General, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue

The innovative a cappella ensemble known as Khorikos debuts a piece from their own acclaimed competition, joining the Del Mar Master Chorus and Concert Choir and the Alice High School Honors Band for this performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. Famed for their cutting-edge take on everything from medieval polyphony to contemporary sound sculpture, Khorikos has performed with major U.S. and international orchestras, and is set to sing Frank La Rocca's Miserere, while the Del Mar ensemble also premieres a new work by Ross Bernhardt, along with Bob Chilcott's Canticles of Light. The Alice High band takes on an eclectic program of instrumental works for wind ensemble. Presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). Tickets $20-$100 On Sale Now! Read more

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